My best-sellers are on sale, but only for a limited time. During the month of May, you can purchase a Trio for up to 30% off! That's up to $38 savings! Here's how it works:
Pick either a Face Primer or Skin Perfecting Concealer (in your shade)
Pick your shade of Touch Liquid Foundation
Pick your brush or setting product (I personally say go with a setting product!)
Literally. I'm not even showing you the brushes. Just get yourself a Real Techniques Sponge.
Then look like this:
Whether you stick with the classic corals or try a new trendy shade, there is a polish for every budget and mood! I've been rocking nude nails (when I actually do them) for awhile now & I'm ready to switch it up to something bright for the beach.
Neon yellow is trending right now, but I think I'll save that for an at-home mani. I currently have a poll over on my Facebook right now, and so far coral is in the lead.
Which polish would you choose?
Yesterday was my 33rd birthday and I spent it doing what I like to do best: drinking Starbucks, relaxing, and eating good food with my fam. I started the day by sleeping in--is there anything better than turning off your alarm and waking up naturally? Once I finished reading my birthday wishes (thanks ya'll!), I headed to Starbucks to redeem my free birthday drink. We're headed to the beach this weekend, but I thought today would be a good time to splurge. Cue the Venti Iced Caramel Macchiato. Worth every calorie. If you didn't know, there is a Starbucks app that lets you earn points on every purchase to redeem for rewards. One of them being the free birthday drink--yay!!
I spent the rest of the day browsing houses out of my budget on Zillow, watching Wendy Williams, doing an eye mask and spending extra time on my makeup. We went to Cellar House for dinner, a wine bar in Oakville, MO that serves farm to fork foods and specialty drinks. Check out that Sundried Tomato & Artichoke Flatbread. Not pictured: Sangria & Crab Bisque...because I couldn't be bothered to pause for a photo.
Now onto the pampering. Here are the eye patches I like to use that can be found on Amazon. Put them on underneath your eyes and kick back and relax for 20 minutes or so.
For makeup, I went with a neutral look & a bold lip. Product of choice: stain because ain't nobody got time to worry about lipstick when they plan to EAT. I'll list the products below, but here was the end result:
Setting Spray: (used as primer and at the end) http://bit.ly/2KvssVY
Foundation: (Taffeta) http://bit.ly/mineralLF
Concealer: (Velour) bit.ly/CConcealers
Scultping Stick: bit.ly/2L4X8OY
Setting Powder: bit.ly/setpowder
Bronzer: (Malibu) bit.ly/bronzerduos
Blush: (Spirited) bit.ly/2rJN0U6
Brow Pencil: (dark)bit.ly/2ioKi0t
Brow Palette: (dark) bit.ly/BrowPAL
Brow Highlight: shopstyle.it/l/JQmu
Shadow Quad: (Timid, Astute, Nonsensical, Antsy) bit.ly/2IlRIS9
Liquid Liner: (Perfect) bit.ly/2GpZCnE
Pencil Liner: (Perfect to tightline) bit.ly/PencilEyeLiners
Lash Curler: shopstyle.it/l/JQru
Waterproof Base Mascara: shopstyle.it/l/JQpB
Lipstain: (Sucker Punched) bit.ly/2IjM0jA
**May 2018 you can get 3 of my face products bundled at a 30% savings and free shipping through this link: http://bit.ly/2rKyJ9w
If you need help selecting products or shades for your skin, comment below and I'd be happy to help!
Color Matching Quiz: bit.ly/2IPiAJT
Don't be surprised if you start seeing beauty brands everywhere launching their own take on this innovative product: Lip POWDER. This specific brand features an encapsulated water technology that transforms from a powder to a luxurious cream once applied.
This line is called "Crush" and offers a weightless yet full coverage finish. The encapsulated technology provides a moisturized effect that isn't quite matte like a traditional liquid lipstick. Not completely transfer-proof, it is long-wearing and stains the lips with a beautiful wash of color.
This is a Limited Edition product and is offered in three shades: Casual, Curvaceous and Captivating. Here it is swatched on three different skintones.
Get your hands on this LIMITED EDITION Set (how cute is this packaging?) before it runs out! And while you're at it, purchase the coordinating lipliners in a set to save money--doing so will also score you FREE SHIPPING!
Is this a trend you would be willing to try?
Please tell me I'm not the only one who tends to reach for the same items over and over again? I will usually cycle through my favorites, but the general theme always stays the same. I love dainty gold jewelry, comfy clothes, and a good nude lip. Here are some of my current favorites. Enjoy!
SHOP THIS LOOK
http://shopstyle.it/l/mjv8 (on sale!)
These earrings are the best I have found for sensitive ears. I have several variations and highly recommend them! I typically find mine in the outlet, so I highly recommend that if you have one near by! And that lip combo is what I wore for my wedding in September.
What are some of your favorite pieces you wear regularly?
I've always loved watching empties videos on YouTube. Seeing what products people really use & what they think of them...it's a guilty pleasure! Here are some of the beauty related items I've used up recently:
DRY SHAMPOO (eh): http://shopstyle.it/l/l8PC
DRY SHAMPOO (yasss): http://shopstyle.it/l/l8Pz
BODY OIL: http://shopstyle.it/l/l8PW
TANNING SPRAY (discontinued ?)
MICELLAR WATER: http://shopstyle.it/l/l8Tf
VITAMIN C BEAUTY OIL: http://amzn.to/2xMSK0e
NIGHT CREAM: http://bit.ly/2h5ysvM
PRIMER SPRAY: http://shopstyle.it/l/l8Tr
BB CREAM: http://bit.ly/2z72EuR
BROW LINER: http://bit.ly/2ioKi0t
Click the video above to check out my product empties & review. Do you like watching these types of videos?
I received this Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Skin Vitality Mask complimentary from Influenster to review and I couldn't be more excited! I love skincare, especially face masks, and Erno Laszlo is a luxury brand. Cue the Mrs. Doubtfire selfie:
This product was a little on the messy side, but it did make my skin feel very plump and hydrated and my makeup looked exceptionally good after using it. They included a spatula/mixing stick but I preferred to apply with a silicone masking tool.
Here are some links you may be interested in:
Erno Laszlo Mask: http://shopstyle.it/l/ldfe
Masking Tool: http://bit.ly/2isEQO0
I filmed a video of my first impression & more in depth review if you are interested!
What is your favorite face mask? I have a few on my wish list that I hope to try soon!
I WAS NOT COMPENSATED FOR MY POST; HOWEVER, I DID RECEIVE A SAMPLE FOR MY REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN AND NOT INFLUENCED IN ANY WAY.
If you have been following me for a while, then you already know that I love Splurge Cream Shadows. Here are some of the reasons why:
A new shade launched this summer that quickly became my favorite.
Unapologetic is a gorgeous matte burnt orange shade that can be used to create a sunset smokey eye or fall PSL look. You can also use an angled brush to create a bold winged liner.
Here is how I like to wear it. Applied all over the lid and lower lash line and blend out for an effortless, gorgeous eye look. I love pairing Splash Liquid Lipstick in Sublime with it, but you could also pair it with a deeper lip for a more vampy vibe.
My preferred application method is with this Cream Shadow Brush. For some of the lighter shades that I use as a base, I just use my finger. Totally up to you!
What do you think?
Would you wear a bold shade like this to stay on trend this fall?
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If you are breaking out, there's a good chance you are skipping this one very important step: washing your brushes on the reg. I know. I know. All you need is one more thing on your to do list, but I am going to share a few tips with you to make this as easy & painless as possible.
Tip #1: Separate your dirty brushes from your pristinely clean ones.
This doesn't have to cost you any money. Keep it simple, ya'll. I present to you a used candle jar & one of the countless vases I had cluttering my cabinets. The tall one holds all my clean babies and when I don't leave my brushes strewn about my vanity, I put them in the squattier candle jar. Then you know exactly what needs to be washed and you're not wasting your time washing the clean ones that are just dirty by association.
Tip #2: Use a daily brush cleaning spray in-between full washes.
Here are two options I keep on my vanity:
e.l.f. Daily Brush Cleaner $3: shopstyle.it/l/hyIX
coco lavish Brush Cleaner (this shop is temporarily closed due to Hurricane Irma)
This is the perfect way to clean your eyeshadow and powder brushes in between uses. I like to keep a small white towel on my vanity to use with these sprays and then just switch it out once a week.
Tip #3: Wash your face brushes separately from your eye brushes.
The cream products we apply to our face: foundation, concealer, etc can breed bacteria growth. These tools should be at the top of your brush washing to do list when you are short on time. They also take the most effort to wash because the product really adheres to the bristles and makes it's way down into the full length of the brush head. Here's the part you are not going to like--it is best to wash these brushes WEEKLY. At the minimum. Ouch. Your skin however, will thank me.
Eyeshadow brushes take much less time and effort to get clean because the powder sort of just sits on top of the bristles versus clinging on for dear life. I dread looking at my jar of 1200 brushes and knowing they all need to be clean, so it really helps me to categorize them.
Tip #4: Treat yo'self to a brush cleaning tool.
I use the Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat shown above. From their website:
"The PATENTED Sigma Spa® Express Brush Cleaning Mat is an innovative device featuring 7 patented textures to wash both eye and face brushes. The mat includes suction cups on the backside for secure placement on flat surfaces. Uniquely designed to fit most sinks at 32% smaller than the original Sigma Spa® Brush Cleaning Mat. Small, convenient size. Ideal for modest brush collections. Secure suction cups. Time-saving results."
Once upon a time I would use the palm of my hand and dread the task even further. I asked for this for Christmas last year, and have dreaded brush washing less ever since. I highly, highly recommend you check out a brush cleaning mat. Here is where I got mine: http://shopstyle.it/l/hyKW
I also spotted this one while out shopping. It was $5.99 at Macy's Backstage, although if you don't have one of those in your area, check out Ross, TJ Maxx, or Marshall's. This particular mat looked a little flimsier than my Sigma, but if you are on a budget this may be a good option for you.
Tip #5: Use proper soap.
Dr. Bronner's Rose Pure-Castile Liquid Soap: http://shopstyle.it/l/hySe
This is concentrated, biodegradable, versatile and effective. Made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients and packaged in a 100% post-consumer recycled bottle. This option is best if you are concerned with the efficacy of your products, but may not be able to tackle some of your more stubborn brushes.
Dawn dish soap is gentle enough to clean wildlife, but also tough enough to remove grease so this may be what you want to reach for during those short on time brush washing sessions.
Zote soap is dirt cheap. Like 99 cents and crazy effective. HOWEVER--this can be a little drying on your natural hair brushes and it can sometimes be difficult to wash out. So, if you have more time than you do money, this may be one for you to try.
The How To:
1. Use lukewarm water. Any hotter and it could potentially loosen the glue that holds it all together and ruin your brush!
2. Apply soap of choice and swirl brush onto cleaning mat or your palm. Repeat until clean.
3. Rinse well.
4. Shape the brush so that it doesn't dry all sprawled out everywhere.
5. Let the brush air dry with the end of the brush tilted higher than the bristles so that no water seeps back into the ferrule (the metal part of the brush that clamps the bristles on).
How often do you wash your brushes? This is a judgement-free zone.
A metallic finish is all the rage right now, and this limited edition bundle delivers. In my opinion, there is nothing better than finding the perfect nude lip, and you are sure to find one that fits your skin tone! I personally went with Superior & can't wait to order the other shades as well!
Everyone can benefit from a little color to their cheeks, especially as our summer tans fade and we go into the cooler months. Choose between a sheer rose or peach that packs multi-dimensional color.
And of course, you can NEVER go wrong with a winged liner sharp enough to kill a man. The ultra fine tip & 18 hour wear will make your perfect eye look a breeze. Water-proof, sweat-proof and Black Friday-proof (it's coming, ya'll). The maroon & electric blue shades are limited edition this month only. The deep black & shimmer bronze shades will become core colors in our Dip & Draw collection!
I am SUPER stoked about these new fall products & even more excited that I can share a $13 savings with you when you purchase as a bundle through this link: The Shining Elements Bundle
Two-time cancer survivor & beauty addict.
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